If Not Now, When?

 

This is certainly an opportune time. A kairos moment as the Bible might put it. The Lord has called us to love one another and now is the time for strategic, bold, and courageous love in action.

We have an unusual man in the Presidency–perhaps without parallel in American history, and so in global history. All […]

Fences With Gates

The center of our philosophy and our theology here at Heatherhope is our belief that God gathers and Satan scatters. If you have an allergy to God- and Satan-talk, then at least consider this basic notion that we all share a need to belong, and there are forces at large that discourage and encourage the […]

Heatherhope Believes In A Dynamic Church

Easter morning listening to the radio. National Public Radio represents the best of broadcast journalism. But I heard exactly two references to the great Christian Festival Day of Easter. One was an offhand comment, just before the segment with “puzzle master Will Shorts,” in which the host noted that many listeners would possibly be away […]

Say "No" to Fear

Remember those, “No Fear,” decals that young, tough men used to put on their pick-ups? Let’s bring them back and retool them to read, “No to fear.”

Talking with friends lately it is obvious that there is a great sadness enveloping us. We are sad because there are so many people who seem to be driven […]

Refugees, Trump and the Light of the World

Several months ago a team of people went into my heart and fixed it. They, in fact, probed with wires right up through both an artery and a vein in both of my upper thighs, right up into my heart, and burned a number of clusters of cells that were giving off electric signals that […]

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“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Lord Acton wrote so many years ago.

We Americans should all be afraid that we are becoming a potent corrupting influence on our President-elect.

We are giving him this power over us if we allow him to trump the best conclusions of our intelligence community just by one word, “ridiculous.”

We are giving […]

Seek Truth or Shut Up

What a miraculous time to be alive! Anyone with a smart phone can broadcast photos of cute puppies, videos or their friends prancing or pranking…or their opinions.

Opinion is too wimpy a word for it. Anyone and everyone can share their ecstasy or their rage. And everyone has access to a digital assault weapon to spray […]

Is Trump Our Champion?

Like so many others, I am mystified by the numbers of people who have voted for Donald Trump, and I can only cling to the hope that they are still a rather small minority of the citizens of this nation.

And like many others I have been grasping for an explanation of this phenomenon. Analysts and […]

We Need a Good Winnowing

Reflections on Texts for the Third Sunday in Advent, Year C

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 3:7-18), John the Baptizer tells us that the Coming One will winnow people, giving us an ultimate baptism of wind and fire.

It is a terrible mistake to think that this text signals a burning of “them” and a saving of […]

More "Us" and Less World in Prayers

Of course, we all know it is a travesty for prayers and sermons to chant on about this and that abstraction. We heap up metaphors but cannot, for the life of us, speak in an apposite way or about practical truths. Saved by the blood of the cross? We explain it using ten more abstractions, and in […]